Our Pantry Needs You!

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

Since our beginning in 1955, one of our missions was to make sure that the hungry in Hagerstown had a welcomed place to eat. As our society has changed and economic troubles have hurt families, our mission to feed the less fortunate has changed from not just serving a hot plate of food but also making sure that families had food in their own cupboards to help them get through the month.

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Our pantry is looking a little too similar to Old Mother Hubbard’s these days. To be honest, it’s becoming a little difficult to keep our food bags filled with a nice variety of food.

Please consider helping us keep our pantry full for all of our daily guests, our residents and all our neighbors who need food bags for their homes.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, why not pick up a few of these items and drop them off? Or your church, Sunday School class, workplace, school, civic club, Boy/Girl scout troop or neighborhood could host a food drive to collect some of these much needed items.

Please help us fight hunger and hopelessness in Hagerstown!

  • Macaroni & cheese boxed dinners
  • Hamburger Helper or similar boxed dinners
  • Spaghettios, Ravioli, or similar heat & serve pasta
  • Creamy peanut butter (15-16 oz. jars please)
  • Cans of soup (all varieties and sizes – except no cream soup please)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Tuna (5 oz. cans please)
  • Any canned meat (Spam, chicken, potted meat, etc.)
  • Rice A Roni (all varieties)
  • Pork ‘n Beans
  • Spaghetti (1 lb. pkg)
  • Spaghetti sauce (cans or jars 24-26 oz.)


Thank you for helping us feed our city! We appreciate your commitment to following God’s call to help take care of the poor and less fortunate in our community. For more information about our food program or to talk to someone about food drives or other ways you can help, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Recycling Update

Effective Immediately:

Recycle EarthWe’re sorry to say that we can no longer accept newspapers for recycling. We apologize for any issues this may cause.

We do still accept cardboard and rags for recycling. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our recycling program please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank you.

Country Ham Sandwich Sale Starts Now!

It’s that time of year! The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing and our taste buds are salivating for one thing and one thing only: country ham sandwiches!

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is hosting their fall country ham sandwich sale from now until October 10th and will be ready for pick-up on October 16th.

Sandwiches are $3 each and proceeds from the sale of the sandwiches help to fund the various programs, ministries and special events at The Hope Center.

To place orders, please call 301.790.3843 or 301.739.1165.

Ham Sandwich Fall

And now that we’re well into fall, that means that Christmas is just around the corner and our Ladies’ Auxiliary is gearing up for their annual Christmas Bazaar fundraiser!

The Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar will be held on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th from 9am – 2pm in the Trinity Center.

You’ll find great items like decorations, stocking stuffers, crafts, jewelry, quilts, dishes and more. In addition to all the Christmas and holiday items for sale, our ladies will also have their famous lunch stand and bake sale in the Trinity Center too. You can purchase homemade soups, sandwiches, pies, cookies and so many other delicious baked goods.

Mark your calendar now and make our Ladies’ Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar one of your holiday traditions!

Christmas Bazaar

Congrats Graduates!

Earlier this summer we were able to celebrate with our residents as three of them graduated from our Foundations Life Recovery program.

Our Foundations Life Recovery program is a free 13-month addiction and life rehabilitation program that helps men conquer the sins that destroy their bodies, relationships and lives. During the 13-months in the program, the men attend classes, Bible studies, and participate in work programs. These classes and programs help to educate the men about their true identity and purpose that God has for them in this life.

Some of the men who join the program have been raised in the church or Christian homes while others are brand new to the life-changing message of Christ. All of the men are dealing with addictions of some sort whether they are alcohol, drugs and pornography. The majority of the guys who come seeking help are trying desperately to stop the destruction of themselves, having already lost jobs, houses, and most importantly, relationships with family & friends.

While in our program, the guys live in our dorm and are fed, clothed and counseled for free, thanks to the generous support of our neighbors, friends, churches and other organizations in the community who fund The Hope Center. Many of the men have nothing left when they walk in the door. But they leave having gained so much for so little!

We are so thankful for the staff, volunteers and churches who help to bring the message of God’s love into the hearts of these men who Satan has enjoyed destroying. For the staff at The Hope Center, to be able to watch our residents graduate is a deeply emotional and incredibly exciting moment. Knowing how dark their lives once were and to see them glowing with the happiness of Christ, it’s a feeling that words can barely describe. Each one of these men was once a forgotten soul that Satan had thought he devoured. But God saw them for their potential in all of their sin and He had something great planned for them.

The men in our Foundations Life Recovery program have a lot of obstacles to conquer. From breaking the addictions, to learning who they can trust, to rebuilding their self value, to dealing with personal demons, there are many roadblocks in the path to recovery but these men who graduated fought the good fight and gave the other guys in the program the courage to continue their own fight to sobriety and salvation.




So join us in congratulating the three men who got the victory this summer. Frank Shortt, Troy Robinson and Bill Rice all completed the Foundations Life Recovery program and were honored at a moving ceremony for them. Staff, family, friends and volunteers were invited to join in the celebratory ceremony where guest speaker, Matt Sargent, spoke. Following the ceremony, graduates, residents, staff and guests all gathered together for a time of fellowship in our dining room.

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We’ve asked each of the three men to give us a brief testimony of their journey towards recovery. Here is what they said:

Frank Shortt

Frank Shortt 2015I came to The Hope Center in September of 2013 out of desperation and loss of hope. Since coming here, God has done something in my life that I, and my loved ones, would never had thought possible.

God has, and is, changing this heart that was hardened and broken. Among many other things, He has given hope where there was no hope.

For now, my future plans consist of building my relationship with God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, along with my two biological sons.

Troy Robinson

Troy RobinsonWhen I came to The Hope Center in January of 2013 I was lost, scrambling to gain meaningful sobriety. Not just drinking and drugging, which I had succumbed to, but being able to live purposefully.

While in the program, God taught me that Jesus is the only way. He is the truth. He is the life. The hopeless can find hope in the Almighty. There is victory in Jesus.

My future plans are to finish well, rejoicing in the Lord always. “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Bill Rice

William Rice 2015I am 55 years old and I have struggled with alcoholism both as an unbeliever and a believer. Before coming to The Hope Center I attended Bible College but I succumbed to my addiction and fell away from the Lord. So in 2007 I enrolled in the Foundations Life Recovery program and progressed well until I blew it and was released from the program. I attribute my failure to spiritual pride because I had a knowledge of the Word that other members of the program did not.

In 2014 I knew I had to get help and asked to return to the program at The Hope Center. I finished the program and remained sober the whole time. God has dealt a lot with me in the spiritual pride area but He is still working on me.

It is my desire someday to be in ministry, but I find as a graduate that I struggle with handling freedom. I would appreciate your prayers that I would give God total control of every area of my life.


Please continue to pray for these men as they venture out on their own, back into the world where Satan has plenty of temptations waiting for them. Pray that they continue to fight the fight and stay strong in the Lord.

And thank you, to each of you who has invested in the lives of these men and everyone else who has come to The Hope Center seeking help in some form. From prayers, to volunteering, to hosting a chapel service, to donating food, shopping in our Thrift Stores and financially supporting us so we can continue to provide this ministry for free, God has used you to help change a life. You may not realize it or even think about it but these three men, and the countless other individuals and families helped at The Hope Center, are because of faithful friends like you who God has called to help change this city and win it for Christ.

Thank you for partnering with us as we celebrate 60 years and thousands upon thousands of lives changed in Hagerstown!

Where is Your Hope?

One of my favorite hymns, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, states in the first verse, “My HOPE is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” It states in the third verse, “When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my HOPE and stay.”

The ministry of the HOPE Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission is reaching out to the many who have nowhere else to turn. They are not aware of the blessed HOPE that is Jesus Christ until they find their way to the Rescue Mission. Lives have been changed through the sharing of the HOPE of the Gospel. (Romans 8:24 & 25)

Hebrews 11:1 states: Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things to come. As this message of HOPE is given to so many who are down and out and have no place else to turn, the love of God through His Son Jesus gives a whole new perspective. Not only are our sins forgiven, but Titus 2:13 tells us, Looking for that blessed HOPE and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. We now know where we will spend eternity, and His return could happen today.

But are believers sharing this HOPE, the good news of our salvation? 1 Peter 3:15 says, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the HOPE that is in you with meekness and fear.

I praise God for the ministry of the many Rescue Missions founded by my dear Uncle Jim Resh and the HOPE they have given to thousands over the years. As we are living in the end times when the rapture could happen at any moment, believers need to be ready to share the Gospel at every opportunity. We also need to give our support to ministries like The HOPE Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission.

Lynette Brewer

Written by Lynette Brewer

Lynette Brewer lives in Westminster, Maryland, has been President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Westminster Rescue Mission and has recently become a member of their Board of Directors.

Hair Cuttery Share-a-Haircut is Back!

We’re sure that you are having as much fun as we are enjoying summer.

From barbeques, to Camp Wild, to vacations, swimming pools and chasing lightning bugs at dusk, summer is truly a magical time of year.

But as we all know, all good things must come to an end. And as we delight in each new summer morning, we slowly march closer to fall.

In just a few short weeks it’ll be back to school time and a return to the regularly scheduled lifestyle most American families are accustomed to.

With back to school time approaching comes the fun of preparing for the big day by shopping for new clothes, backpacks, school supplies and getting fresh haircuts for the first day.

Unfortunately, there are kids right here in Hagerstown who don’t get to share in all the fun of back to school preparations.

Even as our economy has slowly improved, many American families are still struggling to provide basic necessities for their children. Haircuts can often times be an after thought, or not even a thought at all.

We’re proud to be part of Hair Cuttery’s Share a Haircut again this year! As in the past, every time a child, up to age 18, purchases a haircut, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to a child in need.

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The Share-a-Haircut program will last from August 1-15. All local Hair Cuttery salons are participating in this program. So take your kids and spread the word to your friends and family to join you at Hair Cuttery to get fresh haircuts and provide one for underprivileged kids in Hagerstown.

There are three very convenient Hair Cuttery’s in the Hagerstown area.

  • Valley Mall – 17301 Valley Mall Rd., 301.582.4386
  • Hagerstown Commons – 1733 Dual Highway,301.745.9726
  • Shoppes at Hagerstown – 18035 Garland Groh Blvd.,  301.714.0003

For more information about Hair Cuttery salons, including salon hours and current wait times, please go to http://www.haircuttery.com.

Please join us in helping to give kids a fresh start to a new school year with a fresh cut from Hair Cuttery! Thank you for caring & sharing in our community!

Camp Wild 2015 is Here!

The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission has been ministering to kids for more than 40 years. From summer camp programs, to the Lighthouse Puppeteers, after-school activities, block parties, TV shows, and Sunday Night Wild, our kids ministry has had a long, rich history of reaching kids for Christ.

One of the most exciting ministries that we have for kids takes place every summer. Camp Wild, known in the past as Conoco Camp, is a free day camp for kids ages 5-12. Camp Wild hosts four weeks of summer fun for campers who want to seek adventure, make friends, and get to know the greatest friend they’ll ever have, Jesus.

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Mornings at Camp Wild are spent playing games and sports activities, singing, engaging in interactive Bible lessons, spending time building relationships in small groups and enjoying a delicious lunch.

DSC_0284Afternoons are spent outdoors at our camp facility located less than 10 miles from downtown Hagerstown. Campers spend several hours outside learning, playing, exploring and swimming. Various themed activities are provided to our campers that help to immerse them in learning and give them the opportunity to be hands on and experience new things. Other activities for campers include hayrides, inner-tubing down the creek, flying high on our zip line and hiking on our wooded trails.

Camp Wild is a great opportunity to reach hundreds of kids for Christ by giving them a DSC_0526safe and exciting environment to play, explore and learn. Our staff and volunteers spend countless hours a day building relationships with the kids and helping them to see their value to God.

Since Camp Wild is a free camp, anyone between the ages of 5-12 can be a part of it. And we even provide complimentary transportation to and from our camp everyday for families living in certain areas of Hagerstown. All of this is free for the kids of Hagerstown thanks to generous friends and supporters in the greater Hagerstown area.

DSC_0342When you donate financially or through in-kind gifts like gently used items for our Thrift Stores or food donations, you’re helping to send a kid to camp for free.  When you give, you’re providing a summer opportunity that could change that child’s life for eternity. Pretty cool, isn’t it? You just never know how God will use your gift to change lives.

Want to learn more about Camp Wild? Go to http://www.campwildusa.com to get all the info you need. If you want to talk to someone about registering some kids for Camp Wild, please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.

If you’re interested in volunteering or becoming a financial supporter of The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@Verizon.net. You can take a look at various volunteer opportunities we have at http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

As we kick off another year of summer camp, please remember to keep our campers, staff and volunteers in your prayers. And keep checking back to see pictures from past years of our camp programs as well as pictures from all the fun taking place this year at Camp Wild 2015!